Yesterday’s announcement by the president that he would seek Congressional approval to go to Syria turned heads.
“I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress. We should have this debate because the issues are too big for business as usual.”
Fox News reported that a senior State Department official told them “that every major player on the National Security Council – including the commander-in-chief – was in accord Friday night on the need for military action, and that the president’s decision to seek a congressional debate and vote was a surprise to most if not all of them.”
What? The day before he was ready to start dropping bombs. Then comes this bombshell from Fox News:
However, the aide insisted the request for Congress to vote did not supplant the president’s earlier decision to use force in Syria, only delayed its implementation.
“That’s going to happen, anyway,” the source told Fox News, adding that that was why the president, in his Rose Garden remarks, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch such strikes even without congressional authorization.
Isn’t that a contradiction? Why even bother?
Only 24 hours earlier Secretary of State John Kerry went to the podium to talk the horror of Syria and how we need to act. He got quite emotional about it. So didn’t he just get stabbed in the back and made to look a fool? What was so pressing Friday has now been pushed back at least a week?
My neck is sore from the whiplash that is Obama’s Mideast policy.
We’ve come a long way from Obama’s red line. Remember how he had first warned Syria not to use chemical weapons? They did it anyhow and Obama ignored it. Then they did it again. Obama waited. Then suddenly he got all chest thumping.
Didn’t he decry GWB that and make fun of him? I’m confused. And didn’t this horrible Bush also get Congressional approval for going into Afghanistan and Iraq? Yet Obama is the one following the Constitution? ‘Splain that. The strain of the back and forth on my neck is getting severe.
And it’s not over yet. We’ll wait for Congress to come back in session (they couldn’t do much even if they were since Obama will be out of the country this week). Then Obama will make his case or some case. Meanwhile the Syrians are laughing and moving all their stuff around.
They know as we do that Obama may change his mind again. He looks a fool and by association so does the U.S.
Where do I get my neck brace and whom do I sue for this political whiplash?